Ron Wakelin-King, chief executive officer of the New South Wales Taxi Council, is urging male taxi drivers around the state to get their health checked.
"Taxi drivers spend their working day on the road, sitting in the taxi for up to 12 hours," said Mr Wakelin-King in a June 9 statement.
Such behaviour can be detrimental to their health – spending most of the day sitting has been linked to chronic diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and even cancer.
Over 97 per cent of taxi drivers in New South Wales are male. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), men have a life expectancy that is approximately four years shorter than women (79.7 years compared with 84.2 years).
"Drivers who take regular breaks, walk around during their breaks and eat healthy foods can reduce the risk of accidents and illness," Mr Wakelin-King revealed.
Joining a fitness group could also help to keep taxi drivers in shape and ward off life-threatening illnesses.
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